Will Snyder (He/Him/His)

It all started when…

Back in 2010, Will got his first foray into staged combat when cast in the famous outdoor drama, TECUMSEH! While working on this show, Will discovered the SAFD (Society of American Fight Directors) and began training under the incredible tutelage of Jenny Male receiving his first certification in Quarterstaff.

In 2012, Will moved to Chicago and completed training in all 8 weapon disciplines and became a Advanced Actor Combatant with SAFD having trained under the likes of Fight Master Chuck Coyl, Certified Teachers Neil Massey, Chris Elst, Don Preston, and many others.

Will has also served of staff of both Chicago’s Winter Wonderland, the largest stage combat workshop in the country, and Brawl of America in Milwaukee, WI as well as Head Intern at Left Turn at Albuquerque.

In 2019, Will moved back to his home in Nashville to form BattleKat Combat, as a way to bring awesome, action-packed and SAFE fight choreography to productions located in and around the Music City. As of 2021, Will is now located in Chattanooga, TN to re-launch BattleKat in the scenic city.

Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

2022 - Murray Spring Break Intensive

Mar 25, 2022 Unarmed Murray, Kentucky Recommended Pass
Mar 25, 2022 Small Sword Murray, Kentucky Recommended Pass
Mar 25, 2022 Broadsword and Shield Murray, Kentucky Recommended Pass
Mar 25, 2022 Quarterstaff Murray, Kentucky Recommended Pass

The Left Turn at Albuquerque

Feb 16, 2020 Broadsword Albuquerque, New Mexico Recommended Pass

Winter Wonderland Worshop - R&D Renewal

Jan 11, 2020 Rapier and Dagger Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass

Summer Knife

Jul 20, 2019 Knife Brookfield, Illinois Recommended Pass

Brawl 2019 Staff renewals

May 24, 2019 Single Sword St. Paul, Minnesota Basic Pass

Smallsword SPT UWP 2018

Jul 15, 2018 Small Sword Kenosha, Wisconsin Recommended Pass

MACE Fall of 2017 Rapier and Dagger

Dec 9, 2017 Rapier and Dagger Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass

Fall 2017 SPR Workshop

Sep 24, 2017 Single Sword Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass
Sep 24, 2017 Unarmed Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass
Sep 24, 2017 Quarterstaff Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass

Sword & Shield SPT Summer 2017

Aug 20, 2017 Broadsword and Shield Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass

Visceral Renewal Tests

Oct 23, 2016 Broadsword Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass

Unarmed SPT

May 8, 2016 Unarmed Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass

Spring 2016 Actor's Gym Single Sword

Feb 21, 2016 Single Sword Evanston, Illinois Basic Pass

Vagabond School of the Arts

Dec 13, 2015 Broadsword Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass

Actor's Gymnasium

Feb 8, 2015 Knife Evanston, Illinois Recommended Pass


Jul 20, 2011 Quarterstaff Chillicothe, Ohio Recommended Pass